DAVIDSON, NC – The Marist football team defeated Pioneer Football League for Davidson by a score of 31-9 on Saturday.
With the win, the Red Foxes improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in PFL play. The Wildcats are now 2-2 overall, and 0-1 in the PFL.
After a scoreless first quarter, Davidson struck first on a 30-yard field goal by Trevor Smith with 11:30 left in the second period. The Red Foxes took the lead on a two-yard touchdown run by red-shirt junior quarterback Mike White, which capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive. On Davidson’s next drive, freshman safety Jeremiah Gholston intercepted a pass at his own 41, and weaved his way through traffic for a 59-yard touchdown.
Davidson cut its deficit to one score on a 39-yard field goal by Smith with 2:49 left in the first half. Marist took the 14-6 lead to the locker room.
Marist punted on its first drive of the second half, but senior long snapper Nick Mecca recovered a fumble at the Davidson 26. Three plays later, White connected with red-shirt sophomore Anthony Olivencia on a four-yard score with 12:29 left in the third quarter.
Smith’s third field goal of the game cut Marist’s lead to 21-9 with 6:17 left in the third quarter.
The Red Foxes closed out the scoring with 10 points in the fourth quarter. Red-shirt junior Joe Giglio hit a 35-yard field goal to make the score 24-9. After a fumble recovery by red-shirt freshman cornerback Ryan Webb, fifth-year senior running back Marcellus Calhoun had a 32-yard touchdown run two plays later.
“It might have been an ugly win, but a win is a win. If you can’t enjoy these, you have to get out of the profession,” said Marist head coach Jim Parady.
Marist returns home to face Columbia on Saturday, Oct. 7 on Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. It’s the first the Red Foxes will host an Ivy League opponent in program history.
After a 28-24 victory at Princeton on Saturday, Columbia is 3-0.